We're in the final stretch of holiday shopping, and if you've got runners in your inner circle and you just don't know what to give them, you might want check out these gifts, which are proudly Chicago-specific and suited just for runners.
3RUN2 is a running group currently based out of Logan Square, and they're making a name for themselves with a great showing at nearly every local race, two weekly runs, and a giant social media presence. If you're interested in joining their crew, it's open to anyone, regardless of skill level. And they have awesome swag too-- check out this reflective hooded sweatshirt and maybe gift it to a runner looking to find their crew with 3RUN2. $55
Universal Sole is one of the most prominent running stores in the city, and now they have a specially designed mug, perfect to fill with hot chocolate (or a protein shake) and make an adorable gift for your running buddy. It features the skyline, flag, and Universal Sole logo. Buy it here for $17.
If your marathoner family member doesn't quite know what to do with their medal from the Chicago Marathon or maybe they've got some great prints from the race and just haven't had them framed, they might appreciate a frame specific to the Chicago Marathon. And it can be personalized too! Order it here for $34.99 plus shipping.
A membership to CARA, the Chicago Area Runners Association can also make a great, long-lasting gift for a friend or family member. The 12-month membership offers discounts on local race entry fees, a year-long subscription to Runner's World, discounts on CARA training programs, access to member events and opportunities, and much more. Register them as an individual for $44 for a year, or give them a gift certificate to CARA and let them decide how to use it.
Bonus! If you're feeling REALLY generous, Muddy Monk is offering a 2014 Season Pass that gives entry into all 13 of their upcoming races next year, as well as the shirt, food, and swag that comes with each-- plus VIP treatment. At $250, it's a bit pricier than the others, but if you're feeling generous, it's a very cool gift option for someone you really care about (or yourself!).
Any other cool gift ideas for Chicago runners out there? Let us know on Twitter at @StrideNBC.